This year marks the 90th Anniversary of Homecoming at The University of Tennessee, and the Miss Homecoming 2006 candidates are proud to be part of the tradition.
The five candidates have been very active on campus for the past three years and were recognized for their involvement with nominations for Miss Homecoming.
Dena White, a senior in finance, has been a Vols fan since she was little and always knew she would go to college here.
“UT is just so rich with traditions, and Homecoming’s one of them,” White said. “It’s an honor to represent your organization and UT.”
White is president of Alpha Delta Pi and vice president of Orange Nation. She is also involved in Order of Omega, Student Alumni Associates and Mortar Board. After graduating in the Spring, White plans to go into real estate or banking.
McColl Adelman, a senior in nursing, said the choice to come to the university was an easy one for her.
“It’s an amazing school with a unique atmosphere,” she said.
Adelman added that she is very involved in her sorority, Chi Omega, and she enjoys volunteering. She is participating in numerous events to help others, including Race for the Cure, UT’s Dance Marathon and Alternative Spring Break with Team VOLS.
“The campus chooses you to represent them, and it makes you proud to be a UT Vol,” Adelman said.
She said she plans to move to New York City when she graduates, but said she does not plan to stay there long. She wants to go back to school to be a nurse anesthetist and would like to be close to Neyland so she can still enjoy football games.
Beth Wilson, a senior in the college scholars program, said she chose to come here as an undergraduate because there were so many opportunities available.
Wilson is president of Mortar Board, a Baker Scholar and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Like Adelman, she also loves to volunteer. She said she was looking forward to being an Alternative Spring Break trip leader for 2007.
Wilson said she was excited about being nominated for Miss Homecoming.
“It’s a chance to be a part of tradition,” Wilson said.
Wilson is currently studying for the LSAT and plans to attend law school. She would eventually like to run for public office.
“My goal is to be the first woman to be governor of Tennessee,” she said.
Kendall Mitchell, a senior in journalism and electronic media, said she is extremely honored to be selected as a candidate.
“It is an honor because it’s people recognizing you as a leader and a role model,” she said.
She is president of The Volunteer Channel, a member of Kappa Delta sorority, a Gamma Chi Recruitment Counselor and a member of the National Broadcast Society.
Mitchell plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism after graduation.
Kristi Bogle, a senior in the college scholars program, was encouraged to go on a campus tour by her grandmother, who obtained her master’s degree at UT.
“I had the best campus tour and decided to come here,” Bogle said.
She is president of the SGA and a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
“I just think it’s an honor to be able to represent the university and the students,” Bogle said.
Bogle plans to attend law school after graduating in 2007.
Voting for Miss Homecoming 2006 will begin today at 10 a.m. on the ACE Web site, http://web.utk.edu/~ace/, and will end tomorrow at 10 p.m.